As if further evidence is required of the steretypical fighter pilot (notwithstanding the positive attribution of the naval aviator):
An unfortunate Navy fighter pilot was lost at sea during a night recovery in the weather. Next thing he knew he was standing in a long line waiting to pass through the Pearly Gates. Continue reading
The old marching tune that “there are no fighter pilots in [any of the services but the Air Force]” isn’t entirely true (though the Navy calls theirs “aviators,” since “pilots” drive the boat). However, in the short term, the Navy is having some issues creating pilots:
With hundreds of newly commissioned officers waiting to start flight training in Pensacola, Fla., the Navy is urging potential aviators to transfer into other communities or take temporary internships in Washington.
Apparently, aircraft issues (maintenance) have reduced the number of available aircraft, thus reducing the size of the Navy’s flight school pipeline. But that’s not the only Continue reading